Paul Naschy, Spain's superstar of horror, starred as a number of maniacal monsters during his most prolific period (1968-1973). He'd appear as a mummy, Count Dracula, a deranged hunchback, and his most famous role of Waldemar Daninsky, the doomed werewolf. After directing several successful "El Hombre Lobo" romps for Naschy, León Klimovsky was back on hand for this undead entry, known in Spain as LA REBELION DE LAS MUERTAS. Naschy takes on two roles; an East Indian guru named Krishna and his scarred brother Kantaka, who uses some kind of voodoo to bring back the dead and haunt a redheaded British woman (Romy, who looks great in a pink nightgown) after her father gets the hatchet in the head.
Like Klimovsky's DR. JEKYLL AND THE WOLFMAN, some of this film was shot on location in London, the city where it takes place in. Anyone expecting George Romero-inspired antics should look elsewhere. Klimovsky's zombies are mainly female actresses in black cloaks and blue face make-up who stroll around and grin a lot (they look something like the vamps in Andy Milligan's ultra-cheap THE BODY BENEATH). One haunting scene in which they attack a morgue attendant is somewhat reminiscent of Klimovsky's own WEREWOLF'S SHADOW (as well as a scene in the first "Blind Dead" film), with the bizarre image of the pasty-faced gals mutilating his neck with the rim a soda can!
December 2, 2009 Subject:
Not worth watching a second time
It lives up to its title; lots of zombies. But the movie is not good enough for me to bookmark. The music is horrible. It tries too hard to be mod hip and it nearly made me abandon the movie. The best part of the music was near the end when the zombies died, and the music warped and warbled to silence as if the batteries in a boom box ran out of juice. The comedy of it made me laugh and it wasn't meant to be funny. I gave the movie more than one star because I've seen worse.
Reviewer:Mister Television -
November 26, 2009 Subject:
Music to my ears...
This film has to have the most inappropriate musical score of all time. It's like your watching a Paul Naschy horror film while listening to a 1970's CBS game show!